NPR Politics Lunchbox: Trump Picks Pence As VP; Congress Breaks For 7-Week Vacation Our favorite 2016 news and stories curated from NPR and 'round the Web. Today, Trump picks Pence as running mate; Erica Garner says ABC "lied" to her.

NPR Politics Lunchbox: Trump Picks Pence As VP; Congress Breaks For 7-Week Vacation

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Convention Countdown

The Republican National Convention is in 2 days in Cleveland.

The Democratic National Convention is in 9 days in Philadelphia.

Did you know? In the midst of heated debate over the RNC rules yesterday, the committee abruptly recessed, claiming printer troubles. The true reason for the break? A secret meeting among key Republican operatives, attempting to strike a deal with anti-Trump delegates.

July 15, 2016

Friday, Obama condemned the attack in Nice, France; Clinton tries to define Trump before he basks in the GOP convention spotlight; former Trump campaign manger Corey Lewandowski joins CNN after contentious media exchanges; Clinton campaigns with Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine; a new study that looks at the line between racial bias and the Tea Party; and what contested conventions look like as explained by Hollywood and Sinclair Lewis.

We'll be moving full steam ahead as the Republican National Convention begins Monday. We hope you enjoyed the Lunchbox as much as we did curating it for you! Special thanks to our editors for giving us (the interns!) the opportunity to produce this series. Keep following us at, on Twitter @nprpolitics and on Facebook.

Our Top Five

Our favorite 2016 stories this morning from NPR and around the Web.

  • 1. Nobody Saw That One Coming (Not)

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    Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (right) and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence take the stage during a campaign rally at Grant Park Event Center in Westfield, Ind.
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    NPR reports: Donald Trump Friday morning on Twitter confirmed media reports that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will be his running mate this fall. He had last night initially postponed the announcement, following the "horrible attack in Nice." But Pence — who could not run for both vice president and re-election in Indiana as governor — faced a Friday noon deadline to withdraw from his current race in Indiana.

  • 2. Closing Arguments in Freddie Gray Case Thursday

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    A mural depicting Freddie Gray is seen in Baltimore last month.
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    Member station WYPR reports: Closing arguments wrapped up the trial of Lt. Brian Rice Thursday, the highest ranking officer in the Freddie Gray case. Rice is charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in the death of Gray last year. Baltimore waits now for the verdict, which will be handed down by the judge Monday morning at 10. The judge will have plenty to consider: among those contested issues, whether the defendant acted as a reasonable officer would and if he had the greatest responsibility in Gray's death.

  • 3. Ryan Talks Poverty And Politics With NPR

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    NPR's Steve Inskeep interviews Speaker of the House Paul Ryan in the Speaker's conference room at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
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    NPR reports: House Speaker Paul Ryan sat down with NPR's Steve Inskeep to discuss the state of the Republican Party, partisan divisions and poverty. Ryan explained he has a special interest in fixing America's "stubbornly high" poverty rates, saying, "We've had a war on poverty. Trillions of dollars spent. Dozens and dozens of programs created. Yet we've kind of barely moved the needle." He has some fixes in mind, like customizing benefits for people with particular needs such as education and addiction treatment. But he recognizes partisan divides are an obstacle. "Ultimately I think these ought to be bipartisan," he said.

  • 4. Clinton And Kaine 2016?

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    Sen. Tim Kaine.
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    The New York Times reports: At a roaring rally Thursday, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia — a widely speculated potential Clinton VP pick — vigorously introduced the Democratic presidential candidate. Kaine is considered by many Democrats to be a safe option for Clinton — one who would support the candidate without overshadowing her. But some also voice concerns with his stances on a variety of issues, which seem at odds with a Democratic base vital to energize and get out to the polls. However, the two seemed to enjoy the rally and celebrated with a fist bump.

  • 5. Erica Garner Says ABC 'Railroaded' Her

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    A memorial for Eric Garner, seen July 22, 2014, lies near where he died in Staten Island, N.Y.
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    CNN reports: Erica Garner says she was "railroaded" by ABC at a town hall event Thursday night with President Obama. She is the daughter of Eric Garner, who died in 2014 after being placed in a chokehold by a New York police officer. She says ABC offered her a chance to ask President Obama a question at the town hall in exchange for her participation but at the event was never actually allowed to question the president. "They lied to me and my family," she tweeted. All this comes on the two-year anniversary of her father's death.

  • BONUS: Must Be Nice

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    A pedestrian crosses a road with the U.S. Capitol building in the background on August 1.
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    Politico reports: Congress will be fleeing Washington Friday for home, ending a year so far with little accomplished. The seven-week summer break leaves behind no additional money allocated to combating Zika, no plan to fund the government, no solutions — despite calls and a sit-in from Democrats — to gun violence, and a scrapped "anti-terrorism" package. "I am certainly disappointed that we didn't get more done," Democratic Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan told Politico.